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2-21-05 - Can I pull a fish from Oak Creek in only 20 minutes? The pressure is ON!
Jumpin' Jehosaphat I DID pull a fish, a tiny tiny "Dinker King" rainbow! I can't count this fish in all good concious.

One last look at Oak Creek...

2-21-05 - 20 minutes to catch a fish?!

Waters Fished: Oak Creek
Fish Caught: 1 if you count a 7" fish!
Outing Date: 2-21-05
Weather: Cloudy
Air Temp: 30's
Water Temp: 36F
Water Level: roughly 20 cfs?
Water Color: brown, visiblity less than 12"
Fish Species: Steelhead???
Pattern Fished: Glo Bugs
Pattern Color: "FIRE TIGER"!
Fishing Quality: sketchy

Don't ask WHY I only had 20 minutes to fish on this otherwise fine day...suffice it to say there was some bargaining involved in so much as if I was going to be in South Milwaukee, there was NO WAY I was going to skip fishing. Thankfully I have someone who understands me.

I was literally dropped off and left streamside with 20 minutes to kill. I had to pee like a racehorse but there was NO WAY I was going to give up ANY of my 20 minutes standing facing a tree. I had a singular plan of attack - fish a consistent hole and hope for the best.

Surprisingly in those 20 minutes I actually managed to land a fish - a 7" rainbow trout. Almost too small and colorful to be a steelhead smolt, perhaps it was a fish that was washed down from upstream (where they stock rainbow trout yearly)? Well, one thing is for sure, this dink HAMMERED my new FIRE TIGER Egg! That's right, over the weekend at the Hawkeye Show I kinda ran out of basic egg ideas when I had this brainstorm - I had recently watched FireTiger work literal magic when compared to other colors. So, "MP's Firetiger McFlyFoam Egg" is little more than a glo bug tied in a particular stacking order to emulate the "fire tiger" color scheme. From bottom to top: Full Strand Hot Orange, Full Strand chartruese, Half Strand Yellow, Half Strand Green.

Well, at least I know it'll catch SOMETHING! Heck I even had time to spare to get better acquainted with the forest. Not what I'd truly hoped for but hey, not too shabby for a 20 minute outing! Then again, I did run into a guy who stated that he landed 2 trout earlier in the day...but I'm sure it took him longer than 20 minutes to do so!

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